Biography

Carlos Garaicoa Manso’s multidisciplinary practice highlights architecture and its effect on the political, economic and cultural reality of cities. Employing installation, video, photography, sculpture, pop-up books and drawing, he focuses on urbanism and the history of the city of Havana.

Garaicoa Manso’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including Carlos Garaicoa, Parasol unit, London (2018); Ser Urbano, Espaço Cultural Porto Seguro, São Paulo (2018); I’ve Never Been a Surrealist Until Today, Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia, Lisbon (2017); Carlos Garaicoa: Orden Inconcluso, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2016); Carlos Garaicoa: Episodio #3 (Reflexión – Refracción), Saludarte Foundation, Miami (2014) and Orden Aparente, Botín Foundation, Santander, Spain (2014). Among his group exhibitions are PLEASE COME BACK. The World as Prison?, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (2017); Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (2017); MACBA Collection 31, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2016) and Another Part of the New World, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2015). Garaicoa Manso’s work can be found in the collections of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, US; Los Angeles County Museum; Tate Modern, London; MoMA, New York and Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Garaicoa Manso has received the Tequila Centenario Award, Zona MACO Contemporary Art Fair, Mexico City (2012); Acquisition Prize, Video LOOP, Barcelona (2008); XXXIX International Contemporary Art Prize, Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation, Monte Carlo (2005) and Katherine S. Marmor Award, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2005). He participated in residencies at Teixeira da Freitas Collection, Rio de Janeiro (2006); Parts Gallery, Minneapolis, US (1999) and Yaddo Corporation, New York (1998).

From 1989 to 1994, he studied thermodynamics and painting at the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana. Born 1967 in Havana, he currently lives and works between Havana and Madrid.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennial 14

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